AKAPUSI QERA, Gloucester's sensational Fijian flanker, underwent an operation in London on Wednesday night to repair his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL).
Qera, who took the Guinness Premiership by storm in his debut season and came third in the Player of the Season award ceremony following his switch from Pertemps Bees, was operated on by renowned knee surgeon Andy Williams at the Lister Hospital.
The operation was a success and he will now be monitored by Gloucester's medical staff over the next few months as he begins his period of rehabilitation.
At this stage, it is too early to say when he will be back in action but Gloucester's head coach Dean Ryan said: "Akapusi's impact on the Premiership last season was tremendous and he produced a number of world class performances so to lose him to an injury of this significance is an obvious blow.
"To be without him and Gareth Delve because of similar injuries is extremely disappointing for us but both will be in great hands at the club and we wish them all the best for their recoveries.
"But we have an outstanding squad and it will provide opportunities for other players to stake their claims for selection."
Delve injured his left knee on Test duty for Wales and will be out for six months.
Speaking after the 55-0 win over CA Brive, Jonny May told GRTV that he's delighted that the team's hard work is starting to pay dividends but was equally happy for his friend and team mate, Charlie Sharples, on what was a big night for his fellow winger.
Speaking to the local media this week, David Humphreys insisted that Gloucester are looking forward to kicking off the new European Rugby Challenge Cup against Brive on Thursday evening, although an unfamiliar opponent and a five day turnaround will pose a challenge.
Director of Rugby David Humphreys felt that his Gloucester side put themselves in a position to put Saracens under real pressure at Allianz Park on Saturday, praising his team's commitment and defence, while admitting that a lack of accuracy hit their chances in the second half.
Speaking to the local media at Allianz Park, Tom Savage was disappointed after the defeat at Saracens, but claimed Gloucester did plenty of good things and could've taken more than a losing bonus point.